Sean James (pictured) teacher at the HCT—Fujairah Men’s College, is taking part in the long course (40-44 age group) of the Abu Dhabi International triathlon, this Saturday, 3 March 2012.
Blue Ribbon Event
There are a number of different distances to choose from but the hardest and the ‘Blue Ribbon’ event is The Long Course.
While many are happy to simply finish, which may take over twelve hours, the professional athletes are expected to take a little under seven hours.
In the women’s triathlon, the British competitors (see Chrissie Wellington, UK and World Champion pictured) have been dominant at all triathlon distances. At Abu Dhabi in 2011, they came first and third.
Big Purse! Big Names!
The Abu Dhabi International Triathlon has one of the largest purses in the sport and it always attracts big names. This year there will be 24 world champions competing. One of the favourites is Faris Al Sultan (his bike is pictured below), a resident of the UAE who lives and trains in this country. In 2005 he was World Champion at the Ironman Distance and he can often be seen riding around Dubai and Abu Dhabi with his strong team.
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If you can’t get to Abu Dhabi on Saturday, follow the action online, especially via social media. The first wave of Elite athletes enters the water at 6.40am.
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